Spring 2014

Strainstall sponsors marathon endeavour

The prevention of childhood cancer is a subject close to the heart of James Fisher’s Nicola Morrow.

Her nephew, Jake Ellis, sadly lost his brave four-year battle with cancer at the age of five years old.

“Jake was such a special boy who was an inspiration not just to his family but to everyone in our small town – he showed so much courage throughout his illness and was a true hero to us all.”

Nicola and her sister – Jake’s mother, Jo-ann – are active in the charitable campaign known as the ‘Jake Ellis Fund’, established in Jake’s memory. The fund contributes to the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG), a professional charitable body that coordinates research and trials into potential cures for children’s cancer and leukaemia.

As a research organisation, CCLG is almost entirely reliant on grant and charity income, with all of the proceeds from its activities and events put to very good use in supporting its very valuable and worthwhile work.

In the latest fundraising endeavour of the Jake Ellis Fund, Jo-ann secured a place in the 2014 London Marathon which was run on Sunday April 13.

Nicola explains:

“I am so proud of Jo-ann. She is by no means an accomplished runner but she decided to conquer this challenge herself in memory of her young son. She put 100 percent of her effort into preparation and committed a large amount of her spare time to training.”

To help this very worthwhile local charity, Strainstall made a sizable donation to Jo-ann’s sponsorship of her Marathon run. Readers of Pelican wishing to support this good cause by providing further sponsorship to Jo-ann can do so via her fundraising web page:

uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Jake

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